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Labor Law Actions Continue To Top List Among Weekly Class Action Lawsuits Filed In California State And Federal Courts But With Comparatively Low Percentage Of New Class Action Filings

As a resource for California class action defense attorneys, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for new class action lawsuits filed in the state and federal courts located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, San Diego, San Mateo, Oakland/Alameda and Orange County areas. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the preceding week. This report covers the period from May 8 – 14, 2009, during which time 49 new class actions were filed. Labor law class action lawsuits generally top the list, often by a wide margin and often with more than half of the new class action filings. During this reporting period, only 21 of the new class actions involved labor law claims, representing a relatively low 43% of the total number of new class actions filed during the past week (though substantially higher than the 31% showing during the last reporting period). Only two other categories met the 10% threshold. There were 10 new class actions alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which includes false advertising claims (20%), and 5 new class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws (10%).